Dec. 11, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State scored the opening bucket against Alabama, and never let go of the lead on Sunday night at Reynolds Coliseum, taking a 79-57 victory over the Crimson Tide.
NC State moves to 6-2 with the win, while Alabama drops to 7-4.
"I'm very proud of our team's focus and execution to start the game, I thought that was very key to get our momentum going early," said head coach Kellie Harper.
Bonae Holston scored 10 points off 5-of-9 shooting during the contest, and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 20th career double-double. She continues to be the only player in the Atlantic Coast Conference to have at least 10 points and eight rebounds in every game she has played this season.
Marissa Kastanek contributed 13 points off 6-of-11 shooting, while Erica Donovan offered 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting, including two baskets from behind the arc.
Tia Bell and Breezy Williams scored their first points of the season for the Pack. Bell scored five points in 14 minutes of play, while Williams contributed five points in 11 minutes of play.
NC State scored 18 second-chance points, and added 28 points off of Alabama turnovers. The Wolfpack made 46 points in the paint, while holding the Tide to just 22.
NC State dominated Alabama on the boards, pulling in 52 rebounds, compared to the Tide's 26. The Pack had 22 offensive boards, while the Tide only had four.
NC State jumped out to a 9-2 lead, behind six points from Kastanek, in the opening four minutes of play. The Pack then proceeded to capitalize on 12 Tide turnovers to build a 20-9 advantage by the 7:42 mark of the first half.
"We executed on both ends of the floor today, not only did we play hard but we also played smart," said Harper. "I think our players are really buying in to what we need to look like on the floor to be successful."
Alabama closed the gap to four, 25-21, before NC State pulled away again, taking a 41-26 lead into the locker room, its largest of the half.
The Pack scored a quick seven points out of the break to extend its lead to 22 points, 48-26.
State continued to build on its lead, taking a 73-39 advantage midway through the second half, the largest lead of the game.
The Tide didn't come within 20 points the remainder of the match.
NC State will return to action Thursday, Dec. 15, against Richmond. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and will be held in Reynolds Coliseum.